A curious new EX Raid bug has been observed worldwide, with EX Raids spawning in select gyms, but no Trainers receiving an invite to raid! You read that right: a raid has appeared, but no one in the nearby area received an invite.

We were sceptical at first, but after reading through dozens and dozens of e-mail reports (send yours at [email protected]) from all around the world, it seems that a mistake was made on Niantic’s end: an EX Raid was scheduled, but no invitations were sent!

The following countries / areas have reported observing the same phenomena:

  • Germany
  • Major areas in USA
  • Major areas in India
  • United Kingdom
  • Greece
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Norway
  • Israel
  • Poland

Newly discovered via reader e-mails after publishing this article:

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Czech Republic
  • Singapore
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia

The typical “symptoms” of this bug are super easy to detect: an EX Raid happens, nobody gets an invite, players see an EX Raid on their devices and confusion rises. Although we haven’t observed this bug in Croatia, it does not mean it did not occur.

It’s believed that this bug is not intentional, but an artifact of a recent deployment on Niantic’s server backend that knocked out the EX invitation distribution service. We are unable to confirm if the new algorithm was activated and causing this issue.

Given how invites were distributed in the past, we can estimate that the deployment took place at least a week ago and that invitation distribution was broken for at least one to three days since than. Our observations are based on earlier EX invite cycles and times and are not exact.

If you have observed the same phenomena, let us know in the comments section below. We believe that this is a worldwide issue, but we’re still lacking reports from South America and select regions in Asia to be completely sure.